Despite the economy in western Washington slowing to a crawl during the recent recession, the destruction of salmon habitat continued, according to a new report recently released by the treaty tribes in western Washington.
The State of Our Watersheds Report compiled data covering 22 watersheds in western Washington, tracking indicators that directly tie to salmon productivity.
“The snapshot we cover in this report covers the years around the beginning of the Great Recession and the years the economy started to improve,” said Lorraine Loomis, chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commision. “You might think we’d see an improvement in some numbers, but all we see is a steady decline in salmon habitat.”
In addition to regional reports about Puget Sound and the Olympic coast, the report is broken down into tribal areas of interest. This is the third edition of the report, which is available in its entirety at: http://geo.nwifc.org/sow
For a more in-depth summary, read STATE OF OUR WATERSHEDS 2016: SALMON HABITAT IN DECLINE at nwtreatytribes.org.
Contact Bruce Jones, SSHIAP Section Manager (), for more information.